Ten of Wands: Weekly Tarotcast™ – Free Tarot Reading
7-28-20 through 8-04-20
The Ten of Wands is this week’s Tarotcast card. This week’s energy is a warning against many things. The Ten of Wands represents the ways in which we imprison ourselves in cages of our own design. This can include anything from workaholism to taking on burdens that aren’t ours to bear. Personal responsibility is important, but so are boundaries. Taking on responsibilities that belong to others can lead to feelings of resentment. This is the card of playing the martyr.
Fire raging under intense pressure will erupt with volcanic force.
The Number 10
The Tens of the Minor Arcana represent completion. They are the manifestation and culmination of energy. This completion gives way to new beginnings.
On the Tree of Life, the Ten of Wands card represents the formula 10. Sephiroth or sphere 10, Malkuth (Kingdom). Sphere of Earth. The full materialization of energy. In the suit of Wands (the element of Fire). Atziluth, the archetypal world. Our Will in action. Plus Saturn in Sagittarius equaling Oppression.
This is not the most pleasant energy around. All the tens of the Minor Arcana cards are in the sephiroth of Malkuth on the tree of life. This lowest sephiroth represents the material world. This is where the elements exhaust their energy in its grossest – and most destructive – form.
Here is what Crowley writes of the Ten of Wands card. “This is what happens when one uses force, force, and nothing else but force all the time. Here is…dull and heavy…Saturn weighing down the fiery, ethereal side of Sagittarius. It brings out all the worst in Sagittarius. See the Archer, not shooting forth benign rays, but dealing the sharp rain of death! The Wand has conquered. It has done its work; it has done its work too well; it did not know when to stop; Government has become Tyranny.”
The Ten of Wands card represents Saturn in Sagittarius. It rules from 20 to 30 degrees Sagittarius, or December 13th to December 21st. If your birthday falls on or between these dates, you’ll be feeling this week’s energy even more than the rest of us. Sagittarius is the most ethereal of the fire signs. Saturn’s oppressive, repressive, heavy iron boots are freedom-loving Sagittarius’ worst nightmare realized.
In real-time astrology, the Sun is transiting Sagittarius’ fellow Fire-sign Leo. Saturn continues its long transit of Earth-sign Capricorn, its home sign.
Insanity laughs, under pressure we’re cracking…
On August 3rd we’ll experience a Full Moon in Air-sign Aquarius. Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius (before the discovery of Uranus). Aquarius is also the polar opposite sign of Leo. This energy is excellent for breaking out of fixed patterns. This can be a great antidote to the energy of this week’s card. The problem: the fixed patterns we’re confronting are entrenched. Only major effort can permit us to break free of them.
On August 4th Mercury enters Leo. We’re thinking grand and confident thoughts. When it comes to our goals, the bigger the better. This energy brings willpower, purposed and perseverance. Combined with the energy of the Ten of Wands, this may magnify rather than mitigate problems.
This Mercury transit helps us organize our thoughts, focus and concentrate. If we’re well-disposed with the Leo influence, we are positive, laid-back and kind. The flip side is that we can become arrogant, opinionated and stubborn. Chart your course with caution.
Misuse, darkening or the shadow energy of the Ten of Wands card abounds. Fixation, obsession, repression and oppression are rife. So are inflexible attitudes and beliefs and the idea of a punishing, vengeful God. If the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Use your toolbox with care this week.
Let’s focus on what positives are available. The strength to persevere. The use of slow, structured growth to push past our internal obstacles.
Power colors: yellow, indigo, black, blue and green.
Power stones: sapphire, emerald and topaz enhance the light, mobile energy of Sagittarius. Obsidian, garnet, onyx and jet represent Saturn’s grounding force. Wear either as jewelry or carry them as power stones to keep moving forward. They will help to keep your boundaries secure and in place.
Power metals: tin and lead are this week’s metals. Neither is good for wearing. Both can be good reminders of the strength we find when we combine our efforts in positive alliances.
Power fragrances: carnation, sage, valerian, comfrey, musk, and patchouli. Slippery elm, thyme, and witch hazel.
Power foods: foods prepared with thyme and sage, or teas brewed from valerian or comfrey. All provide the same beneficial effects already described.
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